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Magoffin County shows improvement in 2019 season


photo courtesy of Jim Arnett

Chris Gamble has concluded his first season as the head coach of the Magoffin County High School football team. 


SALYERSVILLE - Despite missing out on advancing to the postseason and matching its record from the 2018 high school football season, Magoffin County showed improvement in its latest gridiron campaign.

Magoffin County concluded the 2019 season 3-7. The Hornets, under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Gamble, notched wins over Knott County Central, Betsy Layne and Morgan County. Magoffin County dropped games to Martin County, Breathitt County, Belfry, Lawrence County, Floyd Central, Pike County Central and Clay County. 

Opponents outscored the Hornets 350-237 in the 2019 season. 

Magoffin County excelled on the ground in the 2019 season, averaging 241.7 yards and 2.6 touchdowns per game. In 10 games, Magoffin County rushed 277 times for 2,417 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Senior running back Jaylon McDuffus emerged as Magoffin County's leading rusher. McDuffus rushed 77 times for 1,156 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Three Magoffin County running backs combined to rush for nearly 1,900 yards. Finishing second in rushing behind McDuffus, Caleb Howard rushed 63 times for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

Ranking as Magoffin County's third-leading rusher, Fernando Irvin rushed 50 times for 328 yards and five touchdowns.

Mason Lovely led Magoffin County defensively, recording 200 tackles in only nine games. Lovely posted 88 solo tackles, 14 tackles for losses and five sacks. The junior linebacker continues to lead the state in tackles. 

Lovely, Caleb Wilson and Ryan Henderson recorded one interception apiece for the Hornets.

The Hornets are already looking ahead to the 2020 season. Magoffin County will finalize and release its 2020 schedule later in the offseason. 


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